the lowest classes; rabble
usually ragtag and bobtail
Origin of ragtagrag + tag
- raggedy, unkempt, disorderly, etc.
- made up of mixed or ill-sorted elements
- Shaggy or unkempt; ragged.
- Diverse and disorderly in appearance or composition: “They're a small ragtag army of racketeers, bandits, and murderers” ( Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. )
(comparative more ragtag, superlative most ragtag)
- Unkempt, shabby, or in a state of disrepair.
- He liked to wear an old ragtag coat that was so threadbare that he'd get sunburned through it.
- Very diverse; comprised of irregular and dissimilar components.
- The guerrillas were a ragtag band of local thugs, former soldiers, displaced farmers, and political idealists.